Underneath it all: Construction of the Garden Party Dress

Inside the Garden Party dress. The bodice was lined with poly china silk and sewn in using a slip stitch. The petticoate was gathered in one with the skirt. The sash connects bodice and skirt. The sash lining was then sewn in place. To minimize bulk, the upper part of the petticoat was made of poly organza.

The lower part of the petticoat is in two layers. The over layer is poly china silk. The under layer is tulle. A 3/4′ to 1″ hem was used for the petticoat and the skirt of the dress.

View of the under layer of the lower part of the petticoat. Two layers of nylon tulle were used. You can also see that a small strip of tulle was placed under the upper portion of the skirt. It was treated as one with the skirt so that it will provide a little lift around the gathers at the waist.

The lightweight layers of nylon tulle and poly china silk lend a gentle but significant support to the skirt and bodice of the dress.

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Garden Party

I thought of a world of gazebos, afternoon tea, gardens with the fragrance of roses and lavender when working on the patterns for these dresses.

Brooke’s dress is accessorized with red seed bead earrings and bracelet.

Kathrynne’s favorite color is green. Her sash, earrings and bracelet are in deeper shades of green that complement the pattern on the dress.

The sashes were made with three layers of fabric and are part of the dress.  The first layer is bias cut satin overlaid with sparkle organza.  Under the satin is a very thin layer of nylon tulle.  After the dress was sewn the sash was covered with poly china silk fell stitched in place.

An overlay of blue-green sparkle organza adds depth of color to the emerald green satin sash of the dress.

The fabric used for the dresses is 100% cotton sewn by hand with Gutterman’s poly cotton thread.

The backdrops for these photos are reprints from “Barbie Goes To College” that I bought on eBay.  They create the atmosphere of a small town in Late Spring-Early Summer, a place where Brooke and Kathrynne would be the stars of the social scene with many friends to share their afternoon parties with.